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Nov 17, 2013 9:00pm EST
. >> john mccormick, the speaker of the hour, was very important. he was from massachusetts. as tip o'neil who later became speaker was as well. i think he was critical. i think in the senate leader was senator mike mansfield. he was a wonderful, wonderful man. and johnson and a very, very, you know, almost holy, almost saintly man. and johnson used to say, why do i have a saint for a majority leader. russell long, the chairman of the senate finance committee and wilbur mills, the chairman of the house ways and means committee. and it was -- russell -- richard russell, who was johnson's mentor and actually, i have a wonderful -- russell came to see johnson to tell him that he was going to have to filibuster on the voting rights act. on the civil rights act of 1964. and johnson and johnson said, classic johnson story. he said, you know, dick, and russell said, mr. president, i have to make a stand. there's a point at which i have to stand somewhere. and johnson said you know, dick, you remind me and he knew this would really grate on russell, he said of that negro boy in bed with tha
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